AfrISPA releases Internet traffic analysis tools

By   |  January 31, 2006

The African Internet Service Provider Association(AfrISPA) today released an open source tool for monitoring and analysing Internet Exchange statistics. Ungana IXBase has been developed by the African IXP Research Project to aid their study of African Internet Exchange points on the continent.

The project’s goal is to increase understanding of how Internet Exchange Points(IXPs) can lower their costs and improve the efficiency of African Internet access.

Ungana IXBase gives IXP administrators a tool to store traffic statistics and the tools to analyse the data collected. the software includes analysis tools for monitoring the growth in the routing table, the increase in IP address space, the growth in Internet traffic and the relative volume volume of traffic flowing locally and internationally.

The issue of local versus international Internet trafic has been a long-running and contentious issue for African uses and service providers. Untile recently a substantial slice of the inter-Africa Internet traffic was being routed via international exchanges rather than being distributed locally.

Today, however, there are a number if Internet Exchange points on the continent with Ghana being the most recent country to open an IXP. Nigeria is also in the process of establishing an exchange point.

Various reports over the past couple of years have argued that between 30 and 40% of all Internet traffic is local. withouth reliable statistics, however, these numbers have always been in doubt. Ungana IXBase is an attempt to overcome this failing.

The software will be launched at the First African Internet Exchange Research Workshop which takes place in Nairobi on February 2 and 3, 2006 at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies.

UNGANA IXBase is open source software and is co-ordinated through Sourceforge.net.

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